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Our Ottawa: an interview with Adrian Harewood -

What People are Saying

The former Governor General of Canada:

What a magnificent project and a touching story behind the story. Bravo. I shall share this with my 14 grandchildren - who call me Grandpa Book. Warmest regards

Grandpa Book a.k.a.
David Johnston
Governor General of Canada

Recommended by CM: Canadian Review of Materials: 

An ABC of Ottawa was a labour of love for artist/book designer Miriam Bloom whose co-author, photographer Julie Mason died before the book was finished. In undertaking this project the authors embraced a huge challenge. They had to choose photos that would appeal to children and convey something interesting about the national capital. Bloom and Mason had a lot of considerations to juggle in blending preschoolers' words and concepts, photos and the Ottawa connection. 

An ABC of Ottawa shows Miriam Bloom's expertise as an artist and book designer. The book's physical attractiveness will appeal to children, and, even if they don't understand everything in it, they will learn something about the national capital. Visitors who come here to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary may want An ABC of Ottawa as a souvenir. 

Reviewed by Ottawan Ruth Latta who has accompanied her young relatives to many of the places in An ABC of Ottawa. Her most recent book, a young adult novel, is Grace and the Secret Vault. 

Alex from Philadelphia: 

"Thank you so much for the beautiful ABC of Ottawa book. The design and images are so beautifully vivid, and some of them evoke some wonderful memories for me of this special city. My family looks forward to our next ABC tour of Ottawa!"

Jeremy from Toronto: 

"Wow, it's so bright! Who knew there were so many interesting things to see in Ottawa? It really makes you want to spend some time there!” 

Alexandra Yarrow (President), Twice Upon a Time 

Twice Upon a Time, is the local charity that supplies free books to children. "Ottawa comes alive in this entertaining and spirited alphabet book featuring the city’s well-loved landmarks and symbols. This is a lovely book to curl up with and look for familiar haunts and new spaces to explore while learning to recognize letters, words and shapes. Highly recommended.”

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